A quick note before we start: there’s no actual nakedness in this clip.
What we have here is a brief discussion Tom Hiddleston had with E! around the discussions on set regarding nudity and appropriate expectations on actors and actresses for his latest film Crimson Peak.
Asked if stripping off had been a problem for him, he replied: “I didn’t have a problem with the nakedness because there’s always been a strain of sexuality in gothic romance, as much as there has been about the fear of death and the threat of violence.”
Which is an interesting and literate response to the question of sex and violence in movies in general, picking up on themes that go back centuries in fiction. But the other half of his answer is the best bit. He manages to cover equality in movies, character motivation and the gothic tradition (again) in one thought:
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